Waiting on The Lightning Strike
Current mood: content
one of these days, when I'm in a really foul mood and don't care what
y'all think, I'm going to go ahead and post that four page
anti-airline/travel sux/gonnastrangleasteward rant. But for now,
I'm a very happy nerd. Everything went so perfectly yesterday
that, it only dawns on me now, something really dreadful must be coming
due! [Is that what they call 'pessimism'? ;-) ]
"they" sent "us" to Chicago for a railroad industry trade show. I
drove my own car to Charlotte, since I' in Charlotte through Wednesday
for a class, and eveyone else flew. My drive went by quickly,
parking was no hassle, and I was at the gate sipping coffee
early. (Everyone else had trouble). Chicago was cool, I had
a good run along the lakeshore, from the modern four-star hotel I
lucked into (show hotel was full). On the way back is when things
got surreal - way too good to be true.
The shuttle back to the
airport had a courteous competent driver. There was no traffic to
deal with (in Chicago on a Monday afternoon!). I shared the
shuttle with four nurses, who were busy talking about how they weren't
*ever* going to talk about the previous night. Security at O'Hare
was trivial, and I was in the terminal hours early.
I walked up
to a much earlier flight, just as boarding began. The gate agent
said there was one window seat left - mine! I board, getting no
grief about my overstuffed carry-on when the previous guy had to gate
check. Lo and behold, for only the second time ever, I got the
seat next to the one hot gal on the flight! The last time this
happened, I was stinking drunk, smelled of cigar smoke, and had just
puked on the jetway. [Stephanie, who had switched flights the
same as me, lives in Columbia and works for a large adoption
agency] Oh, but there were two lap-held toddlers on our row...
and they slept the whole time!
The plane pushed back on time, we
barely paused in line before take-off, had a smooth flight, and landed
early. They gave us gate B1 - right in front of the door!
Surely my luck can't hold out much longer...
Well, after a run
up I-77, with not even a touch of the brakes for traffic, I found the
hotel on the first try. Leaving there, I quickly found the
regional mall area, and figured I'd be settling for a chain
diner. But, the first place I find is a cool pub & pool hall,
with free wifi, and they got the football game in HD. "Say, you
wouldn't happen to have this new beer I've been wanting to
try..." Damn, got that too.
By Sonata Arctica
Release date: By 2003-09-09
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